The United States Hands Over J$82 Million in Medical Equipment to Jamaica in Response to COVID-19

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022
USAID hands over mobile units to the Government of Jamaica

Kingston – On Friday September 16, 2022, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), delivered J$82 million (US$ 540,000) worth of medical equipment and commodities to the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) to support the Government of Jamaica’s (GOJ) response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are committed to supporting the Government of Jamaica in addressing the needs of the nation,” said U.S. Ambassador N. Nick Perry. “This critical equipment will improve the ability to detect the virus and reduce the severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as accelerate equitable access to and up-take of effective COVID-19 vaccines.”

The hand over of equipment and commodities included:
● Two buses to aid Jamaica’s mobile vaccination;
● Thirty high nasal flow oxygen devices for clinical care of hospitalized COVID-19 patients;
● Wheeled storage bins to support the COVID-19 medical waste management process;
● A GeneXpert machine and accessories and GeneXpert machine kits, to support COVID-19 detection;
● Metal detectors and scales for managing medical waste.

The equipment bolsters the Government of Jamaica’s COVID-19 emergency response and directly aids activities that are vital for helping to stem the challenges. The U.S. government has partnered with the Government of Jamaica throughout the pandemic to help Jamaica respond to COVID-19. To date, the U.S. government has provided more than $13 million (USD) in COVID-19 assistance to Jamaica.

Last updated: November 10, 2022

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